Hollywood's attempts at turning video games into movies have often ended in disappointment. Numerous problems have plagued these adaptations, but one of the most glaring is often a failure to respect the source material. Now that we know there's an animated Mario movie in the works, many fans are wondering if we're doomed to see this shortcoming yet again, but a recent interview regarding its development should be cause for optimism.
Chris Meledandri, founder of Illumination, recently sat down with Variety and discussed the failure of the past Mario movie and Illumination's plans to avoid a similar disaster. Meledandri seems to relish the challenge of repairing Mario's reputation in the movie world, and in order to do so, his team is making one crucial change: they're putting Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto in charge.
"We are keeping him front and center in the creation of this film. I've rarely seen that happen with any adaptation where the original creative voice is being embraced like we're embracing Miyamoto. There's a history in Hollywood of people believing that they know better than the people responsible for a property. I've made that mistake before." — Chris Meledandri
The 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie was anything but a faithful adaptation, but it seems that Illumination has learned a lesson from the failures of the past. Of course, there's no guarantee that the film will be a huge success, but with Miyamoto at the helm, fans can at least be assured that this movie will be in line with Nintendo's vision for the Mario universe.